So we are going to replace Our nuffy’s with Other Clubs Nuffy’s and pay more for them…
Whare is a superb defender and a solid attacker. We should really make a serious play for him. He is no nuffy - whatever that is.
Anyway Geo, clearly not all fans will agree on any one potential recruit; most people on here rejected the mere idea of Luke Lewis, Ryan Hoffman, and Beau Scott when they were all available a few years ago.
People on here and in management still hold a candle for Lawrence for some unknown reason……(?)
Since Gareth Ellis we just haven’t had a decent second rower.
I have a lot of time for Whare, always have, he does have down periods though and prone to injury which is what has put him down the pecking order at Panthers.
Panthers have a lot of outside back options, even with Mansour and DWZ injured, and more coming through like young Dylan Edwards.
I believe Luke Lewis is still talking about going around next year? That is the guy I’d want right now, sign him for 1 season or 2 if that is what it takes. He’s a consummate professional footballer, brings the right attitude, experience and success to the club and tides us over whilst we see the development of the next juniors.
In reggies we have Tatola, Felise, Paseka, Eisenhuth, Marsters, Bailey Siro, Mikaele. I know some people are starting to think junior pathways are not the answer, but that’s a lot of good young cattle and you would hope some of them can transition to FG in the next 1-2 seasons.
So you assume Woods stays, Tim Grant retires in a few seasons, Ava stays, Aloiai continues to improve (esp his minutes), Lawrence has a few more years and Elijah Taylor is staying on. So you need 1-2 props to step up and one more kid to keep his mobility/size balance to become the other edge backrower.
Sure we could go for a backrower somewhere else right now but stocks are a bit thin as we noted. I say go for Luke Lewis and develop the other kids under him.